Hochwasserbassin © Selim Sudenheim

Hamburg gets new cultural and creative centre

Cultural Authority put 650,000 euro towards renovating Hochwasserbassin site. Studio, workshops and recording studios to move in

Hamburg’s latest culture and creative industry centre, Hochwasserbassin in Hammerbrook, was handed over Tuesday (July 19th) after renovations totalling EUR 650,000 and funded by Cultural Authority, ended. Co-ordinated by the main tenant, the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, the Hamburger Wasserwerke’s former site will be sublet to two operating communities at affordable rents. Studios, workshops, recording studios and exhibition rooms as well as a presswork for vinyl records are due to move in soon.

Room for new ideas

Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, said: “Hamburg’s creative map has gained a new location. The Hochwasserbassin offers creative people in our city affordable spaces where then can turn around their ideas and effect social changes.” The site consists of three separate buildings and a yard that is owned by the city.

ameise vinyl presswork

Two operating communities have already begun interior decorations. Moritz Kromer, owner of mobilespace, has already set up a workshop to build vehicles for film productions in the main building with vehicle depot. Space for Martin Sukale’s ameise vinyl record presswork has also been created there. The building also has two studios and film production offices for temporary lease. A recording studio is also being planned.

20-year usage period

The Verein Kulturelles Neuland e. V. association, which is committed to transforming inner-city brownfields into artistic and cultural spaces, is also developing a new art and culture centre called Südpol at the site. Two buildings will house artists’ studios, rehearsal rooms, recording studios, workshops as well as exhibition and event halls.

The Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft has leased the buildings from the Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen for 20 years and will sublet them to the future operators.

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